History of National Police Week


    In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.  The law was amended by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Public Law 103-322, signed by President Bill Clinton, directing that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff on all government buildings on May 15 each year.  While the actual dates change from year to year, National Police Week is always the calendar week, beginning on Sunday, which includes May 15.

    Local Ceremony

    Each year our local community of [Alvin] Police Departments, Alvin ISD PD, Alvin PD and Alvin Community College PD, facilitate the annual Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony during National Police Week. Every three years the ceremony is hosted by Alvin ISD Police Department. Details are coordinated by Sgt. Stark who invites our students and campuses to participate in various aspects of the ceremony. The Alvin ISD Honor Guard performs the ceremonious raising and lowering of the flag, while the 21-gun salute is manned by officers from our local [Alvin] Police Departments. We invite our community to become a part of this tradition.